Asset 1

Global Go To Think Tank Index (GGTTI) 2020 launched                    111,75 Think Tanks across the world ranked in different categories.                SDPI is ranked 90th among “Top Think Tanks Worldwide (non-US)”.           SDPI stands 11th among Top Think Tanks in South & South East Asia & the Pacific (excluding India).            SDPI notches 33rd position in “Best New Idea or Paradigm Developed by A Think Tank” category.                SDPI remains 42nd in “Best Quality Assurance and Integrity Policies and Procedure” category.              SDPI stands 49th in “Think Tank to Watch in 2020”.            SDPI gets 52nd position among “Best Independent Think Tanks”.                           SDPI becomes 63rd in “Best Advocacy Campaign” category.                   SDPI secures 60th position in “Best Institutional Collaboration Involving Two or More Think Tanks” category.                       SDPI obtains 64th position in “Best Use of Media (Print & Electronic)” category.               SDPI gains 66th position in “Top Environment Policy Tink Tanks” category.                SDPI achieves 76th position in “Think Tanks With Best External Relations/Public Engagement Program” category.                    SDPI notches 99th position in “Top Social Policy Think Tanks”.            SDPI wins 140th position among “Top Domestic Economic Policy Think Tanks”.               SDPI is placed among special non-ranked category of Think Tanks – “Best Policy and Institutional Response to COVID-19”.                                            Owing to COVID-19 outbreak, SDPI staff is working from home from 9am to 5pm five days a week. All our staff members are available on phone, email and/or any other digital/electronic modes of communication during our usual official hours. You can also find all our work related to COVID-19 in orange entries in our publications section below.    The Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) is pleased to announce its Twenty-third Sustainable Development Conference (SDC) from 14 – 17 December 2020 in Islamabad, Pakistan. The overarching theme of this year’s Conference is Sustainable Development in the Times of COVID-19. Read more…       FOOD SECIRITY DASHBOARD: On 4th Nov, SDPI has shared the first prototype of Food Security Dashboard with Dr Moeed Yousaf, the Special Assistant to Prime Minister on  National Security and Economic Outreach in the presence of stakeholders, including Ministry of National Food Security and Research. Provincial and district authorities attended the event in person or through zoom. The dashboard will help the government monitor and regulate the supply chain of essential food commodities.


Supporting the Government of Pakistan in Establishing Policy Direction aligned with MPWER on Smokeless Tobacco Control, GHW/PHW, and Next-Generation Tobacco Products (NGTPs): Facilitating implementation of TCL in Post-COVID-19 Environment.

Partner: The Union, Bloomberg Donor:

Project Duration: From March 2021 – To – Feb 2023

Team Members: Waseem Iftikhar and Syed Ali Wasif Naqvi

Project Introduction: Pakistan is also among the top ten countries in the world with highest tobacco use and vaping is on the rise. Successful campaigns for reducing tobacco use shows that increased taxation, PHW/GHW on tobacco packages increase risk perceptions, reduce the appeal of tobacco use and promote smoking cessation. Additionally, major problems in Pakistan include lack of understanding and absence of policy regarding New Novel Tobacco Products (such as E-Cigs, HnBs, ANDs and ANNDs etc.).

Through this project SDPI, in collaboration with the partners aspires to facilitate the TCPs and TCLs regarding GHW/PHW, smokeless tobacco, Novel tobacco products and tobacco taxation. Working closely with the government, including TCC at the MoNHSR&C on policies related to four major areas of tobacco control. The project seeks to achieve the undermentioned outcomes through building up on existing network of experts from relevant organizations, policy circles, and other stakeholders, building the capacity and training using print, electronic and social media and seminars/meetings.  

SDPI will be continuing its policy efforts in order to assist the Federal Government, MONHSR&C and its TCCs (national and provincial) for strengthening the tobacco control environment in Pakistan in line with MPOWER. SDPI will be building capacity of relevant organizations and stakeholders pertinent to policy development and implementation, particularly, on smokeless tobacco, GHW/PHW, and novel tobacco products (E-Cigs, Vapes, HnB ANDS and ANNDS etc.), smokeless tobacco products, and taxation. SDPI will be supporting the government’s efforts at national and sub-national to curbing the challenges including E-cigarettes/vaping in the post COVID-19 environment through orientations and seminars.

Project Objectives:

Objective 1:  Assisting the MNHS/TCC to manage existing and emerging challenges for developing Pakistan’s strategic policy direction and guidelines on GHW/PHW, Smokeless Tobacco Control (SLTC) and Next-Generation tobacco Products (NGTPs) including E-Cigs/ENDS/ANDS/HnBs etc.

Objective 2:   Collate evidences on the gaps in existing TC framework in line with MPWER of WHO-FCTC commitments by Pakistan,

Objective 3: Facilitating the national and provincial govts in sustainable tobacco control initiative through system strengthening and building capacity of stakeholders in post-COVID-19 environment.

Warning on Tobacco Products Capacity Building within Legislative Framework

Partner: The Union (International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease), Bloomberg Initiative to reduce Tobacco use (BI).
Duration: December 2018 – November 2020
Locale:  Islamabad
Just like many other low- and middle-income countries, Pakistan is overburdened with serious communicable and non-communicable disease epidemics. Lung, mouth and throat cancers have been increasingly visible in the social strata. The capacity to prevent, control and treat these diseases is hampered by weak health information systems and lack of experienced personnel to provide the information needed to improve both policy and practice. SDPI realizes the shortfall and intends to play vital role in raising awareness and capacity building for policy makers.
Pakistan has been a signatory to Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) since 2004. The government has multiple anti-tobacco laws in place, yet Pakistan is among the top ten countries in the world with prevalence of highest tobacco use. Successful campaigns for reducing tobacco use shows that Graphic Health Warnings (GHW) on tobacco packages increase risk perceptions, reduce the appeal of tobacco use and promote smoking cessation.
Notably, out of over 100 countries with existing textual/pictorial warning laws globally, regional neighbours such as Nepal, and India have 90% and 85% GHW respectively. Through formation of CTCR, and capacity building strategy, we envision to promote robust implementation of 50% and 60% warning, annual rotation of warning, and absence of warning on smokeless and imported tobacco, alongside other best practices in tobacco control as the priority engagements.
Through this project we aspires to achieve; creation of Parliamentarians’ Caucus for Tobacco Control and Regulations (CTCR) to enhance parliamentarians’ capacity to understand issues and laws governing tobacco control regime. Working in close collaboration with the partners and likeminded organizations such as  Tobacco Control Cell at Ministry of National Health Services Regulation and Coordination (TCC, MoNHSRC), we propose development and implementation of robust legislations related to GHWs and its promulgation for imported as well as smoke and smokeless tobacco products. Moreover, awareness campaigns will be organized for policy makers proposing and facilitating the development of adequate GHW Laws. Such laws need to include enhancing capacity for stricter warning laws on tobacco packs, yearly rotation, and resolve to follow best practices in tobacco warning as well as strengthening of anti-tobacco partner groups and networks.
The project seeks to achieve these outcomes through formation of a network of experts from relevant organizations dedicated to look after legislation and policy development including a Parliamentary caucus. SDPI hopes to strengthen existing networks as well as raise new platforms to work on policy front with support from members of network especially Parliamentarians and TCC MoNHSRC for policy development and reform regarding warning on all tobacco products and enhance capacity of related institutes to oversee implementation of GHWs and other legislation for tobacco control.
Purpose: To build and strengthen capacity of legislators and relevant organizations working on policy reform and its implementation for Tobacco Control including issue of GHWs on imported and smokeless tobacco products..
Objective 1. Creation of Parliamentarians’ Caucus for Tobacco Control and Regulations (CTCR) and Networking.
Objective 2. Capacity Building – Facilitate Development and Promulgation of Laws for GHW on all Forms of Tobacco products.

Pre-Election Advocacy for Addressing Citizen’s Health Demands

Donors/Partners: Palladium
Locale: Pakistan
Duration of Project: January 2018 to June 2018

Program/Project Brief:
In the run up to General Elections 2018, it is expected that new socioeconomic and development agenda will be presented by all the political parties. Those agenda will present proposals for various sectors like health, education, energy, youth, employment, etc. Before the parties formulate that agenda, SDPI proposes to engage with them for incorporation of citizen centric health reforms (CCHR) in their manifestoes. An evidence based advocacy campaign will be undertaken for triggering the uptake of CCHRs in the manifestoes. Evidence will be generated through performance review of incumbent ruling political parties in Punjab and KP. In tandem with performance review, SDPI will also develop the Citizens Heath Manifesto by using data and information provided by Provincial and District Advocacy Forums. Taking lead from these evidences, members of manifesto drafting committees in PML-N, PTI and PPP and their party leads will be engaged for catalysing their interest towards incorporation of CCHR in their manifestoes.
The overall Goal of the Project is, ‘to revitalize the health care delivery system through citizen centric reforms.’ Social reforms are always on the agenda of political parties. But normally those reforms are supply centric. The main idea behind citizen centric reforms (CCRs) is incorporation of citizens’ demands in the social (health) policy design. Citizen centric healthcare reforms (CCHRs) focus on easier access to services, patient centric outcomes and efficient use of taxpayers money for health service delivery.
Objective 1: Ascertainment of Progress Viz. Commitments made in Political Party Manifestoes
In the run up to General Election 2018, all political parties will make high claims about the achievements made in their tenure. They will also assert that all the promises made in political manifestoes have been fulfilled. However, evidence based review of that political gibberish is vital to develop a clear cut understanding of the actual progress and actual progress gaps. This performance appraisal will be carried out through desk review of the budgetary allocations for health sector, health sector policies/plans and health related legislations/resolutions. Supply side assessment will also be complemented by demand side assessment. Demand side assessment will yield the commitment gap analysis.
Objective 2: Garner Political Commitments for Citizen Centric Health Reforms Through Advocacy
Election period offers a germane opportunity for ‘lobbying for social change’. An evidence based political advocacy has to be employed that trigger political commitments for CCRs before General Election 2018. Following evidences can front the facts based advocacy:
1- Progress gaps identified during the first phase.
2- Citizen’s health manifesto derived from report of Provincial and District Advocacy
3- Commitment gaps identified in the light of citizens demand assessment
4- Multi-stakeholder consultative session
Assuming that members of Standing Committees on Health in National and Provincial Assemblies can be major influencers within their respective parties, particular focus will be on sensitizing them for becoming champions of change towards CCHRs.  Print, electronic and social media will be engaged for mass communicating the proceedings and learnings of advocacy meetings.
Objective 3: Sensitizing and Generating Buy in of Political Parties and Their Influencers for Incorporating CCHRs in Party Manifestoes
At this stage meetings will be held with political party leads in the presence of party members engaged during the advocacy meetings held for accomplishing Objective 2. Apart from key influencers within political parties, media (electronic, print and social) is the key influencer for social change. It has a significant potential to influence or trigger the buy in of political parties for incorporating CCHRs in their manifestoes. Media tools will be used to exert moral pressure on political parties for adapting their manifestoes to the citizens demands for healthcare service. 
Objective 4: Post Election Progress Monitoring
To track the progress towards CCHRs, after 100 days of General Election 2018 a progress monitoring exercise will be carried out to demonstrate the extent to which manifestoes are adapted and the initiatives taken with regard to commitments by the incumbent provincial governments.
Team Members: Dr. Abid Qaiyum Suleri, Rana Nazir, Junaid Zahid, Saadiya Razzaq
Status: close. 

Assessment of Malnutrition in Lactating Women and Children under 5 years of age.

Donor: Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme (CHIP)

Locale: 15 villages of Tehsil and District Layyah

Duration: 9th July 2018-9th October 2018

Team Members: Ms. Nabila Kanwal, Mr. Rana Nazir Mahmood,

SDPI in collaboration with Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme (CHIP) aims at determining the status of malnutrition in lactating women and children under 5 years of age through physical visits to 15 villages of tehsil and district Layyah.
  • Design assessment form and share it with CHIP for feedback.
  • Prepare draft outline of the report.
  • Prepare variables for the analysis of the collected data.
  • Share draft outline with CHIP for comments and feedback.
  • Develop database for data entry using any software for analysis.
  • Train enumerators on developed assessment form.
  • Evening meetings with enumerators for data cleaning and data entry
  • Undertake analysis of data according to finalized variables.
  • Interpretation of data in the form of graphs, tables and charts.
  • Finalize the report with a list of context specific solutions to address the issues of malnutrition in lactating women and under 5 years of age children.
Status: Ongoing